Special needs parenting - Groundhog Day?

Special needs parenting - Groundhog Day?

I watched Groundhog Day for the first time last year – you know, the one where Bill Murray wakes up every morning and it is February 2, again. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over. And I was struck by how early years parenting could be described as Groundhog Day. But for those of us who have children with special needs, our parenting journey can be even more caught in a time-loop.

....It’s wearying parenting the same things over and over again. Maybe you've the same frustrations?

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Recommendations for books about parenting

Recommendations for books about parenting

When Daniel was little my thoughts went to more general parenting topics – how would we bring our children up to know and love God, how would we discipline and guide them, how scheduled would their lives be, how would we ensure that we communicated well with them and them with us as they grew up… And so I bought book after book....

This is a little book review slot of my favourite four books on parenting, four and a half years in.

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Guest post - Looking back to the pre-school years

Guest post - Looking back to the pre-school years

Today I am very excited to have Michelle Pannell from Mummy from the Heart guest posting. Her blog is very successful and well worth following. Her children are that bit older than mine (and many of my readers who are also in the preschool/early primary stage) so I asked her to share her wisdom looking back at this stage. I have found her words so encouraging and hopefully lots of you will too. Thanks Michelle!

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Down Syndrome - Therapy

Down Syndrome - Therapy

I've been debating how much to put on here about Down Syndrome. I know a few of my subscribers have children with Down Syndrome, other have children with other special needs, but many are just mums a little overwhelmed, or not even mums at all! 

But I'm passionate about teaching people about Down Syndrome, so that the culture of fear around it (due almost exclusively to the testing done in pregnancy and language in press articles) dissolves...

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Called to a simple life

Called to a simple life

Often we think life’s got to be big to make an impact. That our work doesn’t count for much when it’s work in the home. Surely we’ve got to be out there to change lives? Have a career. Do purposeful work. Certainly not a life spent vacuuming the floor for the third time today, wiping dirty toddler noses and feeding a baby throughout the night.

Yet, this is the call on my life. Maybe it’s the call on yours too. A simple life at home. Not fame. Nor fulfilment to be quite honest with you.

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Goal setting as a stay at home mum part 2

Goal setting as a stay at home mum part 2

Here’s a practical guide to setting goals when you’re a mostly stay at home mum, or on maternity leave....what hobbies did you used to love? What would you love to learn more about? Is there an online course you could follow? Are there leisure classes at a college near you or a conference you could go to? Make specific goals to learn a new skill this year and feel like yourself again, rather than just a walking tissue for snotty preschool noses!

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